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Our operas go on au plus miserable: all our hopes lie in a new dancer, Sodi, who has performed but once, but seems to please as much as the Fausan. Did I tell you how well they had chosen the plot of the first opera ? ' There was a prince who rebels against his father, who had before rebelled against his.' The Duke of Montagu says, there is to be an opera of dancing, with singing between the acts.
My Lord Tyrawley5 is come from Portugal, and has brought three wives and fourteen children; one of the former is a Portuguese, with long black hair plaited down to the bottom of her back. He was asked the other night at supper what he thought of England; whether he found much alteration from fifteen years ago? 'No,' he said, ' not at all: why, there is my Lord Bath, I don't see the least alteration in him; he is just what he was: and then I found my Lord Grantham8 walking on tiptoe, as if he was still afraid of waking the Queen.'
Hanbury Williams is very ill at Bath, and his wife7 in the same way in private lodgings in the city. . . .8 Mr. Dod-ington has at last owned his match with his old mistress °. I suppose he wants a new one.
I commend your prudence about Leghorn ; but, my dear child, what pain I am in about you ! Is it possible to be easy while the Spaniards are at your gates ? write me word
5 Lord Tyrawley -was many years Ambassador at Lisbon. Pope has mentioned his and another Ambassador's seraglios in one of his Imitations of Horace,
' KinnouTs lewd cargo, or Tyraw-
ley's crew/
TTaZpoJe.—James O'Hara (1690-1773), Baron "Kill-name and second Baron Tyrawley; served in the army; Field Marshal, 1763; Envoy to Portugal, 1728-42, 1762 ; Ambassador at St. Petersburg, 1743-45; Governor of Portsmouth ; Q-overnor of Minorca; Governor of Gibraltar, 1756 ; commanded the English forces in Por-
tugal, 1762-63.
6  Henry d'Auverquerque (cir. 1675-1754), first Earl of Grantham; Keeper of the Privy Purse, 1700-2.   He had been Chamberlain to Queen Caroline.
7  Prances, daughter of first Earl of Coningsby.
8  Passage omitted.
9  Mrs.   Beghan.     Walpole.—Dod-ington  had   given a bond of ten thousand pounds to a Mrs. Straw-bridge, to be paid if he married any one else.  For this reason he refrained from acknowledging his marriage to Mrs. Beghan during the lifetime of Mrs. Strawbridge.